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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,052 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Is he a girl? Is she a boy?

Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be trusted to be a reliable friend? Matthew and his "mates" decide that Sam must undertake a challenge in order to prove himself: he must start off his new year at their school posing as a girl. It turns out that Sam makes a gre
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 9th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published May 1st 2004)
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Apr 04, 2015 Erin rated it did not like it
I went in to this book thinking it was going to engage all kinds of important issues with gender, which was exciting, especially in a book aimed towards a younger audience. Maybe my expectations were a bit high, but this book was nothing but disappointing.

Reading it, it feels like an effort to engage topics of gender made by somebody who doesn't know what they're talking about. When a character refers to a group of girls as "chicks" another character tells him not to be sexist, despite the enti
Sep 01, 2016 Pukingrainbows rated it it was amazing
LOOOOOOOOOL this was HILARIOUS, entertaining and amazing!!!!!!!!!!loved it!!!!!!

Tyrone: That's him? Bit of a titch, isn't he?
Jake: And get a load of that hair
Matthew: It's like I told you. He's a hippy.
Jake: Looks more like a girl to me
Matthew: You wait
"Over the next few days, as we showed Sam around what he insisted on calling 'the hood', he talked about his life back home."
Oct 10, 2015 Bee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ironically this is the first novel I’ve made it through this year. The irony part of it is that it pissed me off quite hard. I think the biggest factor behind that is that I found it on the ‘rainbow shelf’ at the library, a shelf meant for LGBTQ+ related books. And yeah, this book vaguely relates to cross-dressing, even if it’s because of a dare, because at some points the character involved in that discusses the ‘freedom’ it allows him to behave differently than when he’s dressed in his normal ...more
Kirsty Grant
Apr 14, 2015 Kirsty Grant rated it it was amazing
This book deserved a five star rating because it made me laugh out loud so often. It was a brilliant book and I loved Blacker's use of narrative voice. It is a multiple first person narrative which allows the reader a close and personal account of the characters feelings and emotions, this is particular interesting as there is a mixture of both adult and child characters. The book gives the reader a wonderful insight into gender and demonstrates the way in which gender is socially constructed. I ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
I was recommended this book by a teen patron who loves John Green. I can see why kids would like it, but it must have just not been my thing, because it took me FOREVER to get through it (and it's not a hard book). It was funny, but not quite funny enough to make me laugh out loud -- clever, but not quite clever enough to make me think. I did like the way the author chose to tell the story, as if each of the characters in the book were being interviewed about Sam throughout the novel, but I thou ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Weasel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok
I often look for books that play with gender stereotypes. This book did just that. A young and very tough teen finds a sense of freedom and power when he decides to go to his new school dressed as a girl. I did like this book, but the author just couldn't seem to let go of most of the stereotypes about boys and girls. The girls were backstabbing gossips and the boys were emotionally stunted. Even the main character who was crossdressing was still unable to break free from stereotypical boy behav ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Squirrel rated it really liked it
This book was full of funnines (if that's a word) and comical issues.
In this book, a rebelious Sam's (he's a boy) mothe rdies in theri nice home in USA. He is moved to his aunt's house in london, england. Sadly, he's a stubborn, swearing, long haired maniac. His cosein, Matt, who is Sam's aunt's son, is not too happy about Sam's arrival. Immediatly Sam wants to fit in with Matt's completly unpopular group, The Sheds. The Sheds aren't looking for new recruits, so they make a proporstion for Sam
May 21, 2009 Duane rated it really liked it
Sam is sent over to relatives in Englad after his mom is killed. Sam has a major attitude problem and soon his cousin decides to get even with him by challenging him to dress up as a girl for the first week of school. Sam quickly finds he can be someone new when he's dressed as Samantha. Things change though when it seems Sam is enjoying himself too much as Samantha. When Sam's long lost dad returns to get him, Sam has to decide who his true family really is. I really enjoyed the characters in t ...more
Oct 11, 2010 WillowBe rated it it was amazing
i loved this story! Listen, this book examines feelings and motive of teens, the whole spectrum, and what they will do to get what they need and what they do when they don't get it. The gender switch is a clever way to explore that as well as what we expect from kids. i loved the emotional bravery of the main character and how he gained insight about himself, was able to actually share it and then spoke fearlesslyh for all to see his pain, his anger, his admission of who he was. I admit, I kinda ...more
David Jordan
Nov 06, 2010 David Jordan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers
Jaunty and fast-paced YA novel about a tough-talking 13-year-old California boy who moves to England to live with his aunt's family and winds up passing as a girl at his new school when a prank gets out of hand. Mild humor about gender differences, notable mainly for the author's point-of-view experimentation -- he tells the story in very short chapters through the eyes of 10 or 11 peripheral characters without ever entering the mind of his protagonist. The result is sort of a "Rashomon" or "As ...more
Lisa Chung
Jun 12, 2011 Lisa Chung rated it liked it
this book was kinda extreme. the game just went out of control. it was fun when it first started but this prank hurt a lot of people in the end. i didnt like how the author splits the entire novel between so many character's perspective. it made it very confusing for some time. why did Sam even agree to dress up as a girl to play with his cousin and his friends? sam seemed like a fun person to hang out with. he made everything interesting for the boys.
Rayan Deeb
Nov 12, 2010 Rayan Deeb rated it really liked it
My story, Boy 2 girl, written by Terence Blacker has a really interesting topic. The writer has Terence Blacker’s hilarious novel, talks about the territory of an early- teen life in a classic story. This story is hilarious. The story mainly talks about a male teenager that was dared to go to a new school being a girly girl. I liked how the writer used humor all the time in this story. I recommend this story for all the people who are interested in school and family problems.
Jenni Frencham
Feb 29, 2012 Jenni Frencham rated it it was ok
There are WAY too many points of view in this story, and very little plot development. There's too much time spent on seeing each incident from multiple perspectives, which would be fine if there were, say, three perspectives consistently given. But I have counted at least twenty characters whose point-of-view we see, and that makes this book hard to follow and not very interesting.
Aug 14, 2015 Tove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much, it is extremely hilarious and so different from what you usually read! I love the characters and the whole story all together.
Oct 15, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
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Beth S
Nov 01, 2012 Beth S rated it really liked it
In the book Boy 2 Girl by Terence Blacker, Sam Lopez’s personality is slowly revealed after his mom dies in a car accident and he was forced to move to London to live with his family there. Sam’s dad is in prison at the time, and Sam takes a lot of the same bad traits from his father into himself. He believes in stealing and violence, just as his dad did. His family in London did not like this, and deep down, this wasn't the real Sam. After he beat up his cousin, Matthew’s, friend, he regrets do ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
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Apr 12, 2012 Wayne rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, teen
I picked this up on a whim at the library. I've read similar books before, always set in middle school and trying to sort out the mysteries of the differences between boys and girls. This one adds a few unique twists that make it worth the read.
Matthew is an only child in suburban London when his world is turned upside down by his American cousin Sam moving in with him. Sam's mother died in a car crash and since his dad is in prison the only family available to take him in is his English Aunt.
Nearly four years since I first read it, Boy2Girl is still charmingly funny and a delightful read! Really, I love this book so much, more than I thought I would when I started it back in 2010, and here I am now, falling for it all over again.

Although this may at first seem to be a light hearted story, it has some depth to it. Sam's moved from America to live in London with his deceased mother's family, bearing the burden of his past and dealing with his mother's death in his own way, namely by p
Now that is what you call a novel that you haven't seen before.

I don't know what to feel about the beginning of the novel. It did not start good.


At first, you will get the impression that this is a novel that after a couple of pages you will hurl this book across the room, but once you see what the author is trying to do, you are in for the best ride of your life. Mr. Blacker tells the story using multiple point of view. What is smart is the m
Jan 27, 2010 Elizabeth added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Sara
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Oct 19, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Matt’s American cousin Stephen comes to London under tough conditions-—his mother has just died, and his long-absent father is in jail. Matt and his friends find Stephen exasperating, and when he gets them in trouble, they give him an ultimatum—-to remain their friend, he must spend the first week of school as a girl. Although Stephen protests, he soon finds that being a girl opens up all sorts of opportunities, including expressing himself in ways he could not before. As he takes advantage of h ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Andersreads rated it really liked it
I almost gave up on this book because of its unusual narrative point-of-view. Different characters tell the story. I've encountered that before, but not where it happens every other page (or sometimes even less). But I stuck with the book and then about page 40, it got much more interesting. Sam Lopez comes to live in Britain with his cousin, Matthew, after the death of Sam's mother (and with his father in jail). Having lost his mother and no contact with his father, Sam acts out, rather obnoxio ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Karima rated it really liked it
Very quick and witty book. It's about a boy who's aunt in America dies and his cousin comes to England to stay with them. This cousin is rude and vulgar, bossy and too macho. He nevertheless invites his cousin into his clique, but the cousin keeps gettingthem into trouble. So eventually he pisses them off so bad, that they plan to get him back by kicking him out of the group and the only way he can get back in is if he starts at their new school pretending to be a girl. This way they see him bei ...more
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

So, I was looking through the library one day, trying to find a book to read since the book I'd placed on hold hadn't been delivered yet, and stumbled upon BOY 2 GIRL. The summary at the back really drew me in at first, but as I started reading it, I wasn't entirely impressed.

Although I did like the constantly changing POV's because it gave you so much perspective, it was still very confusing and it did take awhile to get used to. (I'm very iffy when it comes to multiple PO
Andrea Stone
May 21, 2016 Andrea Stone rated it it was amazing
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Nov 28, 2007 Kewpie rated it really liked it
Even though the plot of this story is highly unrealistic, it is still somehow believable and almost charming. Sam Lopez, a rough urban American goes to live with his relatives in England. Because his cousin dares him, Sam shows up to school dressed up like a girl. Everyone believes the ruse and sitcom style "crazy situations" ensue. (Think Three's Company) Sam gets caught. He discovers that he likes the attention he gets as a girl and every day he pretends, the harder it is for him to get out of ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Pimmy♥S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay, first of all, thins book was so attracted me. So I gave it a read and I felt like... OH, THIS IS WAY BETTER AND BETTER THAN I IMAGINED!

Boy2Girl is a book saying about Sam, an American kid, who can make his way on both boy and girl. It trapped many readers a lot at first that what Sam actually was. Telling us by people around Sam, you may find tons of humor in his daily life that made me laugh out loud way too often,ha! And after finished this book I just felt so good as the writer said--
Peter  Grabowski
Aug 23, 2013 Peter Grabowski rated it really liked it
When I picked up Boy2girl I was expecting a third person narrative that detailed a boy living as a girl who would be either be tossed head first into gender roles or ignore gender roles and we as readers would just see the same tropes that come with a male to female gender swap.
What I found was a POV story were we do not get inside the head of the person who is dealing with the gender change, but everyone else that the gender change is affecting. For a book aimed at teenagers It will be a tho
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Terence Blacker wanted to be a jockey when he grew and up. In fact, he could ride before he could walk, and his childhood hero was the great steeplechaser Mill House (a horse). He lives in Norfolk, England.
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